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Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. Mary’s novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide.
1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a mother of two humans (a twelve-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son) and too many cats living outside of Chicago. I write psychological suspense novels and spend my free time volunteering at a local animal shelter.
2) How many unpublished and half finished books do you have?
Too many to count! I’ve been writing since I was ten or eleven years old, and THE GOOD GIRL (which I started when I was twenty-seven) was the first book I completed. I have about seventeen year’s worth of incomplete projects! Yikes.
3) How do you select the names of your characters?
In a variety of ways. Either they’re names I like, or they seem to suit the character well. I’ve been known to change a character’s name partway through a manuscript because it just didn’t fit with his or her persona.
4) If you didn’t write what would you do for work?
I was a high school history teacher for many years before leaving that career to raise my children. I loved working as a teacher, but had no idea a writing career would take off in the years to come. I’d absolutely be back teaching if I hadn’t become a published author.
5) What was the hardest scene to write of your books so far? Why?
It’s always hard having to harm my characters. I spend a lot of time creating and molding them, and have difficulties severing that relationship. The same goes at the end of a book. I need a bit of a mourning period after I finish a novel before I can begin a new one.
6) Do you read your reviews?
Generally, no. Though there are times I cautiously peek to see what readers think of my work.
7) What was your favorite book when you were younger?
Natalie Babbitt’s THE EYES OF THE AMARYLLIS.
8) How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
Truly, it didn’t, other than having a deadline and needing to write at a faster pace. That said, I published my first book at the ideal time in my personal life. My kiddos were old enough that they were both in school by then, and I had much more time in my day to write.
9) How are you most comfortable writing? Do you have any rituals before you start writing?
I have to write at home because I find that I’m too easily distracted when writing in public settings. I have a home office, but if no one is home, will write on any comfortable chair in the house. I’m not an outliner, but prefer to dive right into the story and figure it out as I go. There’s an organic flow to this that I love. I get to figure out those big twists right along with my readers.
10)How did you feel when you first saw your books in stores?
It was absolutely surreal! Four books later and I still swoon every time I see them on display.
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